Councilman Tom LaBonge helped install the first of the new ‘coin and card’ parking meters on Larchmont Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and 1st Street on Thursday morning. Over the past several days, LADOT workers have been installing poles that will host individual meters – one parking meter for each parking space.
The pay stations, spaced many parking spaces apart on Larchmont Boulevard, were installed in 2008, replacing previous coin meters. The pay stations left open the possibility that a parker could be ticketed in the time it took to wait in line and pay for parking; the new space-by-space coin and card parking meters prevent that from happening.
“Life is getting a little easier for all visitors to Larchmont Boulevard,” Councilmember Tom LaBonge said. “I am proud to be a part of this improvement.”
The pay stations in the surface lot on Larchmont will remain in place through the lifetime of those machines.
Bikers to Larchmont may not be so pleased with returning to the one-meter-per-space plan. When pay stations were instituted five years ago, the City took the opportunity to install bike racks at approximately every third meter space. The bike racks are now removed and since it is illegal to lock one’s bike to a meter, riders have only a few U racks to lock to on the boulevard. CD4 told the Buzz that the City is exploring other places to park and lock bikes, perhaps finding a bigger space to put racks in the surface lot.
At this time there is an app provided by mPark to add time to your meter if you’re parked in the surface lot pay station in Larchmont. Currently there is not an app to add time to the new meters being installed, but the success of a program for that downtown means it is likely Larchmont will get an app for our meters soon.
Parking around time can be found via your smartphone from the app by Parker.